Summer seems like a long way off, but it is already time to discuss next year’s county fair. On Thursday night, the Custer County Ag Society approved dates for the 2018 fair: July 27 through August 2.
Troy Walz with the Extension office reported that FFA and 4-H ribbons for next year will be ordered by October 31 in order to save 20%. Walz also reported that the 4-H Awards Recognition Night will take place on November 17 at the Municipal Building. The next 4-H Council meeting is scheduled for November 20.
Insurance of the Heartland representative Sharon Roberts continued conversations regarding damages experienced at the fairgrounds from the August storms. An adjuster has estimated about $56,000 in damages for the shooting sports building alone.
The board approved focusing on the top priority projects which include the shooting sports building, the house/office, and the doors on the west side of the indoor arena. One of the west side doors blew off during the storm and the board plans to look into an overhead door. Two sets of restrooms are also a top priority due to roof damage.
Due to time sensitivity of repairing damage before winter, the society voted unanimously to hire a general contractor for the shooting sports building. Due to roof damage and possible leakage in the ceiling and ventilation systems, the board also voted for Grounds Manager JJ Marten to hire a contractor as soon as possible rather than open it up for bids.
From the events coordinator, the Winter Ball is schedule for January 27 at the Cobblestone. The Dave Davis Consignment Auction is scheduled for October 14 at the fairgrounds and Marten said a cattle sale is also scheduled to wrap up fall events.
Travis Schauda reported the Mid States Rodeo went well and is scheduled to return to Custer County next year, September 14-16. The board also discussed getting a credit card reader for future event ticket sales and other purchases.
The Ag Society adjourned at 8:45 p.m.